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Five Best Food Tours Where You’d Least Expect Them

Velma Johnson, chef-owner Mama J’s, Richmond VA Foodie cities like New York and Philadelphia offer a cornucopia of Culinary Walking Tours, but the following six – Frederick MD, Salem MA, Richmond VA, Pittsburgh PA, Providence RI, and Boston MA – would not be the first places you’d think of for first-class epicurean adventures. Food Tour […] Read More

Mystic, CT: Beyond Whaling

WHY GO: Of the 2,700 commercial whaling ships that plied the world’s seas in the 19th and early 20th centuries, only one remains: the Charles W. Morgan, and it happens to reside at Mystic Seaport in Mystic CT. After being restored to sea-worthiness, the historic ship returned to the water in July, 2014 and after […] Read More

New Canaan CT: Mid-Century Modern Has Always Lived Here

WHY GO: An hour’s commute by train into Manhattan, New Canaan CT was the quintessential John Cheever-esque suburb, pioneered first by farmers, and then by strivers, achievers, and, surprisingly, a futuristic, visionary type of architect. Though Philip Johnson, designer of The Glass House, is the most famous, he was just one of The Harvard Five: […] Read More

Stamford CT: The City That Works as a Great Getaway

WHY GO: The Stamford CT motto – “The City That Works” – suggests more of the Puritan Work Ethic than the Pleasure Principal. Yes, worker-bee commuters swarm daily into Connecticut’s 4th largest city (after Bridgeport, New Haven and Hartford), just 50 minutes by Metro North train from Manhattan, but there is another side to Stamford […] Read More

See Newport RI Like a Gilded Age Tycoon or America’s Cup Sailor

WHY GO: Newport RI has a flair for the dramatic. The town is both paean to the America’s Cup Yacht Race and the conspicuous consumer lifestyle of the Gilded Age, with lots of shopping thrown in. As the “Yachting Capital of the World,” Newport hosted the America’s Cup from 1930 until the 1980’s, and now […] Read More

Beacon NY; A Former Mill Town Built for Romance

** Post updated 11-22- 2017 WHY GO: Beacon NY grew up a mill town. Hunched at the foot of mountains and wedged between waterfalls and the navigable Hudson River, factories harnessing raging water eroded beauty from the landscape. Industrial waste turned the Hudson into “a sewer,” according to Beacon’s most famous resident, the late Pete […] Read More

Chester, CT to Haddam, CT – Charming Towns Just Six Miles Apart on the Connecticut River

WHY GO: Performing, fine and culinary artists, as well as clothing and building designers, have been drawn to the mesmerizing Connecticut River for centuries, and after indulging in this Getaway – to Chester, Haddam and East Haddam –  you’ll see why. Some of the best artists and chefs in the region create in local kitchens […] Read More

Antrim 1844, Taneytown MD: Mid-Atlantic’s Secret Extravagance

For luxury travelers, there really is only one place to stay in Carroll County MD: Antrim 1844. This baronial inn is actually the reason that many people come here, though it’s virtually unknown outside of the Mid-Atlantic. Arriving at the front door, I felt as if I’d been hiking in the deep dark remote woods […] Read More

Carroll County MD: Zen Peaceful Between Baltimore and Gettysburg

WHY GO: In contrast to the sometimes frenetic surrounding areas, particularly the District of Columbia, Carroll County MD is “Zen Peaceful” – in only the way that an agricultural region can be. But what puts this Maryland county on this Maven’s Go List is a phenomenal inn whose owners are so humble, they’ve kept news […] Read More

What Should You Do On Nantucket MA? Everything!

WHY GO: Most people come to the island of Nantucket MA for the beaches. Or the boutiques. Or the highly respected cuisine. But Nantucket, 26 miles off the Massachusetts coast – the most remote of all New England islands – is so steeped in history, the whole landmass has been declared a National Historic Landmark. […] Read More

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